Our House Preschool

Childcare that encourages thoughtfulness, curiosity, respect, inclusion and empathy.


Based in South Burlington Vermont, Our House Preschool is a Vermont home based preschool focused on providing children ages 2-5 with a nurturing and responsive environment to discover, learn, grow, and realize their potential. The Our House experience empowers children with school and life readiness skills in a caring and nurturing environment.



Introduction to Our House

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to “Our House”. I look forward to your family becoming a part of ours. Children learn and grow best when they feel loved, safe and secure. From the moment your child enters “Our House”, I want them to feel at home. Your child’s growth and development is a collaborative effort, but one you know best.

My play-based, emergent curriculum is set up to foster all areas of development and to meet the individual needs of each child. Emergent curriculum is initiated by the child, and is constantly developing; learning is a life-long process. My goal is to teach children how to learn and help them use their current skills as building blocks for future learning opportunities.

Our primary focus will be on the social-emotional development of your child. I want to prepare them to be successful in Kindergarten. Together we will learn to share, cooperate, wait, be independent, have confidence, communicate, and most importantly to have fun. It is during the mastery of these skills that academic learning will naturally take place.

The fundamental guiding principles behind our learning are thoughtfulness, curiosity, respect, inclusion and empathy. We will work together to create a schedule and rhythm that is structured, consistent and most importantly, flexible.


About Us

Ms. MJ with her family.

Our House Lead Teacher & Owner, Ms. MJ

I am a 50 year old mother and step-mother of six beautiful amazing children. My soulmate, Liam, and I live with our two dogs and two cats. Our children range in age from 18-24. I graduated from the University of Vermont in 1993 with a Bachelor of Education and I hold a current Vermont Level 1 teaching license for birth to grade 3. I have worked in preschool and kindergarten settings for over twenty years, most recently as the Director of Childcare Programs for The EDGE Kids & Fitness. I love to play, teach and learn. Hosting a preschool in my home has been a lifelong dream. 

Goals & Values

  1. Your child will feel safe. I want “Our House” to be just that, a home away from home where they can learn, thrive and grow.
  2. Your child will want to come to school each day and find their school to be a place of wonder, magic and opportunities to be themselves. A place where they feel loved, valued and successful.
  3. Your child’s self-esteem will flourish. Through our work/play they will experience positive reinforcement, be given choices to support their autonomy and feel reassurance in challenges they may face through gentle guidance and positive redirection. 

General Rhythm of the Day

subject to change based on children’s needs

7:45 – 8:15 – Arrival

8:15 – 9:15 – Choice time

9:15 – 10:00 – Clean up, snack and bathroom time

10:00 – 10:45 – Outdoor time

10:45 – 11:45 – Circle and Project time

11:45 – 12:30 – Clean up, bathroom time and lunch

12:30 – 12:45 – Final circle and good-byes or transition to quiet/nap time

12:45 – 1:00 – Story time

1:00 – 3:00 – Nap and quiet time

3:00 – 4:00 – Choice time

Enroll

Our House Preschool will run Monday – Wednesday 7:45am – 12:45pm with the option of after care daily from 12:45 – 4:00pm. Following initial contact and interest in my program families will receive a copy of the handbook with tuition information. Potential students are always welcome to come and visit “Our House” and meet me. When a family decides to enroll the following paperwork will be completed and submitted along with a non-refundable deposit to secure your enrollment.

Fall 2021 dates and deadlines will be available in Spring 2021.

FAQ

Q. How are you addressing COVID?

A. Our House will follow all guidelines outlined by the Vermont Department of Health regarding childcare COVID19 regulations. In addition to daily cleaning and sanitizing, Our House will be professionally cleaned weekly and Mountain Air Systems has installed ultra violet bulbs in our heating system to help keep the air free from bacteria, mold, mildew and other toxins.

Q. Will you follow the school schedule?

A. Our House will follow a modified version of the South Burlington school calendar. In an effort to provide consistency for the children and not take random days here and there and to provide 35 weeks of preschool the Our House schedule is a bit different.

Q. What is the child to teacher ratio?

A. 1 to 6

Q. What are the enrollment deadlines?

A. Enrollment is open until all spots are filled. Currently enrolled families will be given the opportunity to re-enroll and secure placement for the next school year in February of the current school year.

Q. What are drop off and pick up times?

A. Our House preschool runs Monday-Wednesday from 7:45-12:45 with the option of late care and a pick up time of 4:00pm.

Q. Will there be field trips?

A. If we have the additional support of adults and permission from all families we will take a few field trips each year. We will take walking field trips on the South Burlington bike path frequently as outdoor time is essential each day.

Contact Us

We are located in the vibrant, family-friendly South Burlington Cider Mill neighborhood. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a classroom visit, please provide your information and we will reach out to schedule a time to speak.